Originally Posted by Scorpion Deathdrop
Vince didn't just pull from WCW, but ECW as well. The "Attitude Era" was essentially ECW. Steve Austin was a mainstream Sandman.
So, your saying essentially that Stone Cold was a rip-off of Sandman? Am I right? So tell me the similarities between Sandman and Stone Cold Steve Austin? What, the beer drinking? Which Austin didn't start doing until well after he was the top face. Did Sandman have a feud with Paul Heyman? Was Sandman a big draw? I'll answer both of those for you: no. Sandman was a drunk who wore pajamas and carried around a Singapore cane. That was his character. Stone Cold was a trash-talking redneck from Texas who didn't give a shit about anybody and went against the bosses orders.
Austin was a redneck who went against the boss, that's what got him over. That and his feud with Bret Hart in '97. The beer drinking wasn't all that Austin was about, it was just a part of his gimmick and he didn't start doing it until after he was the top face. The beer drinking is the only similarity between Austin and Sandman and it wasn't used to get Austin over.
The Sandman (plus ECW) has NOTHING to do with the Monday Night Wars. Austin was a "bad-ass," just like the NWO. DX was essentially WWE's version of the NWO, with jeans and leather jackets. See a trend here? Oh, don't forget the numerous stables that were in WWE around that time. What other company has numerous stables? Let me answer that for you: WCW.